Checklists for the week: groceries, work, school, chores, dentist, music lessons, soccer, homework, dinners. Oh, and Bible study. Lord, help me make it through this week!
We have checklists for work, for home, and for the grocery store.
Have you ever made a checklist of God’s attributes and then reviewed them with Him?
The list could go on and on couldn’t it? What if you were to choose 7 aspects of God and talk them over with Him? That’s what David did in Psalm 139.
- “O Lord, You have searched me and known me!” Psalm 139:1 David is speaking to Yĕhovah, the proper name of God which is not even pronounced. “I AM” knows David. He knows you. He knows your actions, your thoughts, your words, and your paths. He knows them before you know them. He even knows the number of hairs on your head! This knowledge that He has of you is higher and deeper than what you can imagine. He knows you intimately, and He takes action.
- “You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.” Psalm 139:5 God knows you and protects you. Protects you from yourself AND from others.
- “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” Psalm 139:7 God is always present with you. It does not matter where you go; He is with you. If you go where you should not, He is with you. If you go in the right direction, He is with you. Moreover, His hand holds you … in the good and in the bad.
- “Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.” Psalm 139:12 God is light, and He lights the way for you. His light will lead you out of the darkness.
- “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13 God created you with loving intricacy. Imagine your body and your mind. Your body has the capacity to heal. Your body has parts that you do not even understand. You are able to think, to laugh, to cry, to touch God. All because the Lord lovingly formed you. Praise the Lord!
- “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” Psalm 139:17 God loves you so much that He is always thinking of you. You might love someone and think of that person often, but God is thinking of you ALL the time!
- “Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me!” Psalm 139:19 God does have enemies, people who hate Him. We do not understand how people could hate God, and we want God to take action. He will in His perfect timing.
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! Psalm 139:23-24
Meditating upon the nature of God and the response of others to our loving Creator causes us to ask Him to remove anything in our lives that might grieve Him and to ask Him to lead us, so that we will be with Him forever.
What if you were to meditate upon Psalm 139 this week and make it your own by reading one verse and talking to God about how it relates to your life today and then another and another?
Many Christians have prayer journals of requests and praises that serve as checklists on what to request in prayer and how to thank God. But what if we were to start our prayers focusing upon one or two attributes of God before we start the requests? Would our prayers change?
Almighty God and Glorious Father, You are holy and righteous, higher and deeper than we could ever understand. We praise You and honor You for who You are in all Your Majesty. Search us and purge any wicked thing out of our lives and take us by the right hand and lead us in Your way. We love You and want to glorify You. Amen
Please share in the Comment Section how you meditate on the attributes of God. Has this changed the nature of your prayers?